Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 3/25/12

The New England Patriots had a couple small bits of news I’ve been holding onto waiting to for Bill Belichick to find more discount free agent coupons.  But like in my house someone else must have grabbed any new ones that have come in recently.

The Patriots announced that back up quarterback Brian Hoyer will return in 2012 as the restricted free agent after signing his RFA Tender.  The second round tender is worth $1.92 million, not bad money for a second stringer.  If Hoyer had signed with another team and the Patriots decided not to match the contract offer to keep Hoyer they would have gotten a second round pick for him.

Hoyer didn’t appear to receiver any interest, at least nothing any teams or his agent made public.  This was kind of surprising seeing as he is quite possibly the second best quarterback in the AFC East.

It was expected that Hoyer would generate some interest but that was before Robert Griffin III upgraded his draft position, Peyton Manning got released by the Colts and went on a free agency tour and Tim Tebow got traded.  Maybe the second round pick was too high for anyone who may have had some interest in Hoyer.  After the 2012 season he will become an unrestricted free agent like former Packers QB Matt Flynn was this year and he will likely be in line for a Flynn-like contract from some quarterback poor team.

In other news, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, soon to be re-named Chad Johnson, has restructured his contract for 2012.  Instead of the $3 million he was to earn from New England he will now make $1 million.

Ochocinco’s restructure is much different from the Tom Brady restructure that was revealed last week.  Brady moved salary around to help with cap space and took the money as a signing bonus spread out over three seasons.  Ochocinco gave up $2 million.

He stated he wants to win and to do it in New England and he took a 66% pay cut in order to remain a Patriot.  We all know how much Chad loves being here, playing with Brady and for Belichick.  We also know how they feel about Chad.  It’s a mutual admiration society and for some unknown reason I just can’t figure out why he was used the way he was last season.

There was lots of speculation he didn’t know the plays but I am not so sure that I buy into that theory.   Belichick has shown absolutely zero patience in the past for players who can’t hack the system.  Joey Galloway comes to mind, as do a few defensive guys who were dumb as a box of rocks.  So if Ochocinco didn’t grasp the playbook why would Belichick keep him?

I am a huge fan of Chad the football player.  I’ve seen things he does on the field and every week I hoped we would see that in 2011 and for whatever the reason we did not. Hopefully in 2012 we will find out why he hung around.

Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveMichaelsII

Photo credits: Getty Images, Getty Images

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football

Tickets for ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Mexico sell out

Kevin Durant says he never told Russell Westbrook he was staying in OKC

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

God Shammgod hired by Mavericks as player development assistant

Soccer player terminates contract after being attacked by stray dogs

Todd Bowles confirms Ryan Fitzpatrick is Jets starting QB: ‘It’s his job’

Carmelo Anthony shocked Dwyane Wade left Miami for Chicago

Report: David Lee signs with the Spurs

Craig Sager to miss Olympics while undergoing bone marrow transplant

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker